The quest to define what constitutes a "good" and "bad" job continues as CareerCast weighs in with a ranking of 200 jobs from "best" to "worst."

In fact, the ranking is really about relative difficulty rather than whether a job is good or bad. For one born to firefighting, this dangerous occupation will have the zealot leaping out of bed to have at it. The same person might consider this year's "best" job — actuary — some sort of karmic punishment for past life misdeeds.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.